A medically-retired police officer from Arizona is able to regularly run triathlons, but still gets financial help in the form of medical disability. Audrey Glemba receives a worker’s compensation check every month for an injury she said prevented her from doing her job, but is still able to complete grueling Ironman competitions. Her reported back and knee injuries came in 1995 while doing a training exercise with the Mesa Police Department.
Glemba was fired from the force in December 2008 after she and other colleagues took photos of themselves with homeless and disabled people while publicly ridiculing them with offensive remarks. But after appealing and being briefly reinstated, she managed to convince a pension board to rule that her injuries from nearly 15 years ago left her unable to do her job. After having her medical retirement approved, she left the force and now receives $500 per month in worker’s compensation. Even worse, the pension board knew she was competing in the triathlons prior to her retirement.
Last month, more than 100 retired NYC cops and firefighters were arrested for scamming 9/11 disability plans by falsely claiming to be suffering from anxiety and depression. The New York officials had lied about suffering mental and physical injuries in order to receive massive Social Security checks worth up to $500,000 each. The alleged fraud cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars in improper Social Security benefits. Many of the officers were also caught working after retirement, another violation of disability benefits.